Borrelia Miyamotoi Identified in Massachusetts

Author: Mosquito Squad of Franklin & Framingham

When it comes to confirmation of tick-borne illness in humans, the most predictable period to start receiving reports is the latter part of summer through the fall. Most of these reports fall under the formalities of tick-borne illnesses we have grown accustomed to hearing about such as Lyme Disease, or Babesiosis. This year is different. What sets this summer apart from many others we have seen in the past is the arrival of new vector-borne diseases.

Just this week, our CBS affiliate in Boston, WBZ-TV reported that a new tick-borne illness is being diagnosed right here in Massachusetts. The new disease, which is so new that it is only referred to by the name of the bacteria that causes the illness, Borrelia Miyamotoi, has already been confirmed in 10 people and many more may be out there.

The quandary over Borrelia Miyamotoi and how many more actual patients may be lurking in the shadows is in question because the illness bears some striking similarities to Lyme Disease. Blood tests were used to detect evidence of infection by a bacterium that is found in deer ticks and is related to the one that causes Lyme disease. According to the article by WBZ, Dr. Philip Molloy, a rheumatologist at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, believes Borrelia Miyamotoi is an emerging infectious disease. It is a cork screw bacteria transmitted to humans from ticks. “It is either new, or newly recognized. We don’t have the whole story. The first 4-5 patients were hospitalized were very sick,” said Dr. Molloy. Dr. Molloy helped discover this pathogen and published his work in the New England Journal of Medicine. A Massachusetts man was one of the first patients in the country to be identified.

Now more than ever, Mosquito Squad of the North Shore cannot stress the importance of implementing a tick control and prevention program on the home front if your don’t already have one in place. If you do, now is the time to remain vigilant in staying protected, including staying on-track with the implementation of your tick tube applications.

Tall grasses and wooded areas make the perfect spot for ticks to converge. Spring grasses and saplings are reaching maturity during the late summer serving as the ideal spot for tick populations to thrive.

You might think since summer is drawing to a close that the threat of ticks and the tick-borne illnesses they carry is no longer an issue. Think again. Ticks don’t just disappear with the end of summer.They are out there, posing a constant threat to our health. In fact, autumn is one of the most important times to stay focused on controlling ticks because the population of ticks active within the larval stage of their life reaches a crescendo in the months of August and September. Adult ticks are also busy engorging themselves in anticipation of laying their eggs to continue the evolution of the species.

Mosquito Squad of the North Shore uses tick tubes as a vital weapon in the war on ticks and the diseases they carry. Tick tubes contain cotton which is treated with an insecticide that is designed to kill the ticks. The tick tubes are laid out at multiple locations across the landscape, near woods, tall grasses, etc. Then mice, squirrels or other rodents remove the cotton within the tubes and use it as a comfy nesting material, which will also kill any ticks lurking on the rodent or residing in their homes. The insecticide is safe for humans, mice and other mammals but will kill the ticks on contact.

The combination of our tick tubes along with our EPA registered barrier spray are a revolutionary breakthrough that decrease the chance of being bitten within your treated property by up to 90%. The tick tubes work to eliminate the larval ticks residing in the nests and on the mice or other rodents while our barrier spray eliminates the nymph and adult ticks, essentially wiping out two generations of ticks and potential disease within your treated area.